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Pakistan, Saudi Arabia pledge to further expand ties


Tuesday, 18 February 2014   11:55:16

Pakistan, Saudi Arabia pledge to further expand ties

      ISLAMABAD, Feb 17 (APP): Pakistan and Saudi Arabia on Monday
called for taking advantage of the opportunities available in the
two brotherly countries for expanding and improving investment,
trade, energy, infrastructure development, agriculture and exchange
of government's delegations for mutual benefit.
      A joint statement issued at the conclusion of official visit
of Saudi Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier and
Minister of Defence, said that both sides expressed a keen desire to
further strengthen cooperation in various fields for the promotion of
the causes of the Muslim Ummah as well as international peace and
stability.
      The two sides decided to continue to work on further
fortifying existing political relations between the two countries
through regular holding of bilateral consultations between their
foreign ministries.
      The two sides also agreed on the need to enhance bilateral
cooperation in the field of defence.
      Both sides acknowledged importance of completing necessary
measures for signing of the agreements and MoUs (memorandums of
understanding) in different fields, including Islamic affairs and endowments, labour, manpower, sports and an agreement to
encourage and protect mutual investment in the two countries.
      The statement said that the warm reception and cordial welcome
accorded to the Crown Prince and his accompanying delegation by
President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif
and senior officials, embodied the bonds of strong fraternal ties
binding the two countries.
      The exuberant popular reception also reflected the depth of
affection and respect the Pakistani people have for the Kingdom and
its people under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy
Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud.
      During the visit, the Crown Prince held talks with the
President, the Prime Minister and other high level officials.
      These meetings were held in very cordial atmosphere signifying
the fraternal bonds characterized by deep mutual understanding and
cooperation for the mutual benefit of the two brotherly countries
and their peoples.
      The two sides reiterated the need for finding of a quick
solution of the existing conflict in Syria according to Geneva I
Resolution in order to restore peace and security in the country
and prevent bloodshed of the brotherly Syrian people. In this
regard, both sides called for the following:
      -Importance of immediate withdrawal of all foreign armed
forces and elements from Syrian territory.
      -Lifting siege of the Syrian towns and villages and stopping
aerial and artillery bombardment.
      -The setting up of safe corridors and regions to deliver food
and humanitarian aid to besieged Syrian citizens, under
international supervision.
      -The formation of transitional governing body with full
executive powers enabling it to take charge of the affairs of the
country.
      On the Palestinian issue, the two sides reaffirmed their
consistent stand to support the Palestinian right to arrive at a
just solution, which leads to the establishment of a Palestinian
state with Al-Quds as its capital.
      The two sides reiterated the need for stopping Israeli
practices including continuation of building settlements and putting
impediments to peace efforts.
      The two sides emphasized that the peace efforts should be
based on Arab peace initiatives and the relevant UN Resolutions.
      The two sides reiterated their commitment to fight extremism
and terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and continue to
cooperate in the field of exchange of security related information.
      They also emphasized the importance of security cooperation to
combat the crimes of drug trafficking and money laundering.
      The Saudi side expressed hope for reaching peaceful resolution
of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UN
resolutions so that it contributes to the achievement of a permanent
peace and stability in the region.
      The Saudi side welcomed the positive developments in Indo-
Pakistan relations, which would reflect positively in the interest
of the two neighbouring countries and stability in the South Asian
region. 
      About Afghanistan, the two sides expressed their support for
Afghan reconciliation by including all sides and components of the
Afghan society to arrive at restoration of peace and stability.
      They underlined support for the political process in
Afghanistan through holding of the elections scheduled for April
2014.
      Saudi Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz thanked the
government and people of Pakistan for the warm reception and
hospitality extended to him and the accompanying delegation.
      The Saudi Prince visited Pakistan on the kind invitation of
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.